Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 76.08
Liaison Leah Ceperley
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Dayton
AC-6: Sustainability Literacy Assessment

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.00 / 4.00 Leah Ceperley
Sustainability Reporting and Assessment Specialist
Facilities Management / Hanley Sustainability Institute
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Does the institution conduct an assessment of the sustainability literacy of its students (i.e. an assessment focused on student knowledge of sustainability topics and challenges)?:
Yes

Which of the following best describes the literacy assessment? The assessment is administered to::
The entire (or predominate) student body, directly or by representative sample

Which of the following best describes the structure of the assessment? The assessment is administered as a::
Pre- and post-assessment to the same cohort or to representative samples in both a pre- and post-test

A copy of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment(s):
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A sample of the questions included in the sustainability literacy assessment or the website URL where the assessment tool may be found:

Three literacy assessments ("Save a Watt, Spare a Lot", "Sustainability Culture at UD" and "Don't Be Trashy") were available to all undergraduate students. Students had to do a pre-assesment, watch a short video, complete a quiz (literacy assesment), and then complete a post-assessment.

Sample questions from "Save a Watt, Spare a Lot" include:
1. What should you set your thermostat in the winter and the summer to reduce your energy usage?
A) 68 in the Winter, 76 in the Summer
B) 68 in the Winter, 78 in the Summer
C) 72 in the Winter, 68 in the Summer
D) 72 year round

3) What is vampire power? Please write your answer in all lowercase with no periods. Start your sentence like this: power drawn.....

6) What fraction of greenhouse gases are emitted by the meat industry?

Sample questions from "Sustainability Culture at UD" include:
4. What does LEED construction standards do for buildings?
A) Helps them become more energy efficient
B) Monitors their energy consumption
C) Creates a zero carbon footprint
D) Uses only local employees and materials

9. How much energy does the solar panels on student housing provide?
A) 80-100%
B) 80-90%
C) 75-100%
D) 60-100%

11. Where is the University of Dayton's shared community garden located?
A) North Dayton
B) East Dayton
C) South Dayton
D) West Dayton

Sample questions from "Don't Be Trashy" include:
1. How many plastic bags are thrown away every year by Americans?
A) 100 million
B) 10 million
C) 100 billion
D) 10 billion

5. How long does it take a styrofoam plate or cup to decompose?

10. How much did the average American throw away in 2013 according to the EPA?
A) 4.40 pounds
B) 1.51 pounds
C) 2.3 pounds
D) 1.1 pounds

11. Which object takes the longest to degrade?
A) Paper
B) Rope
C) Tin can
D) Aluminum Can
E) Plastic Bag
F) Glass Bottle


A brief description of how the literacy assessment was developed and/or when it was adopted:

A fellow in the Hanley Sustainability Institute (HSI) developed curriculum for the Sustainability ACTIVATION programs for the AVIATE program. The fellow then worked with the Sustainability ACTIVATION student leadership team to teach the educational outreach programs, create the educational videos, and develop the literacy assessments.

The online assessments were available to all undergraduate students from January 16, 2018 - February 16, 2018.


A brief description of how a representative sample was reached (if applicable) and how the assessment(s) were administered :

The three literacy assessments were available to all undergraduate students on the university student portal though the AVIATE program which is a housing assignment program that incentivizes students to participate in engagement opportunities. The assessments were available to all students from January 16, 2018 - February 16, 2018.

Approximately, 2,000+ students completed one of the three assessments and since it was available to all students, it is assumed that a representative sample was reached. Exact results of the assessments are still being tabulated.


A brief summary of results from the literacy assessment(s), including a description of any measurable changes over time:

Exact results of the assessments are still being tabulated since the assessments were administered in January - February of this year, 2018. However, initial results seem to show that in the pre-assessment 71% could define sustainability and 85% stated that humans actions impact the environment. After the videos and the quizzes were completed, 99% could define sustainability and 85% felt that human activities impact the environment.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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